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Your Guide to Hard Money Loans

Wed Jul 17 2019

If you’re a new house flipper, you may be overwhelmed at the prospect of funding your first property. As you see other real estate investors flipping multiple projects at once and bringing in huge profits, it can seem impossible that you’ll ever get to that point.

Decorating Your Staircase? Here Are 13 Unique Ideas

Fri Jun 28 2019

The more time you take to thoughtfully decorate your home, the more you’ll enjoy living there, and the easier time you’ll have selling the home in the future. Decorating a home adds value and allows potential buyers to imagine themselves in the space.

15 of The Worst Real Estate Investing Mistakes A Beginner Can Make

Wed Jun 12 2019

Real estate investment can be a tough nut to crack. While some thrive in the industry and rise to the top, others struggle to find success. But what is it that creates the difference between the two? Is it personal drive and tried experience? Is it contingent strictly on the health and vitality of t

2 Creative Ways to Finance Your Real Estate Deals

Wed Jun 12 2019

If finding the money for your real estate deals is proving to be a giant headache and putting a damper on your real estate dreams, don’t worry. You’re certainly not alone. Of the thousands of real estate investors our team has mentored, at least half of them refer to their lack of access to funding

3 Simple Tips to Make Closing Easier

Wed Jun 12 2019

I’ve told new investors for years that they should never fall in love with a property until they’ve closed. I was definitely guilty of doing that when I first started real estate investing, but I quickly learned that it wasn’t a good idea. It’s also important to remember that you should never

3 Tips for Attending a Real Estate Networking Event

Wed Jun 12 2019

I get a lot of questions about real estate networking events. New investors tell me that they don’t see the point in going, or that they went to an event but didn’t really talk to anyone or make any connections. The fact is, if you want to really get something out of a real estate networ

3 Tips for Making Money in Real Estate Without a License

Wed Jun 12 2019

You probably already know that Tarek and I were real estate agents before we started flipping houses. Because we already had our real estate licenses, we had a head start on a lot of house flippers. Since we already know the business, we can act as our own realtors on all of our flips, which saves u

3 Ways to Find More Time to Invest in Real Estate

Wed Jun 12 2019

Have you ever noticed that you always have time or money, but never both? If you’re like a lot of people working in the corporate world today, you can definitely relate. Sure, you’re making more money now than when you were working in a coffee shop in college, but you’re not making as much as you’d

4 Most Popular Home Styles for 2016

Wed Jun 12 2019

One of the most common questions that I hear when Tarek and I teach our Real Estate Elevated seminars is, “How do I choose which houses to flip?” With the housing market on the rebound, there might not be quite as many distressed properties for sale right now as there were a couple of years ago, but

4 Simple Tricks to Get More Real Estate Deals

Wed Jun 12 2019

If you want to invest in real estate and see quick returns with good profit margins, you’re going to need to find some great real estate deals. To find them, a lot of people will tell you that you need to go get your realtor’s license and get on a multiple listing service (MLS). Well, I might be a r

4 Tips for Updating a Mid-Century Modern Home

Wed Jun 12 2019

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of mid-century modern houses on the market, both as distressed properties and beautifully updated homes. If you’ve watched our show Flip or Flop, you might’ve seen Tarek and I rehab at least one of these, and you probably noticed that I paid a lot of attention to detail

4 Tips to Make a Remote Deal Go More Smoothly

Wed Jun 12 2019

For most people just starting out in the real estate investing business, I recommend sticking close to home. It’s a lot easier to oversee rehabs on a flip house if you only have to drive twenty minutes instead of flying for four hours, and it’s a lot easier to find leads on profitable properties whe

4 Ways to Recover from a Bad Investment

Wed Jun 12 2019

Real estate investing is an interesting field. If you do your homework, you almost can’t make a bad investment. However, sometimes, no matter how much research you do and how sure you are of a property, things go wrong. Then

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Real Estate Investors to Make

Wed Jun 12 2019

The new year is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions! By now, you may already be planning out goals you’d like to accomplish in your personal life. Maybe you’d like to lose weight, save more money, or wake up earlier. But, if you’re anyth

5 Reasons Why I Love Ugly Houses

Wed Jun 12 2019

I love ugly houses! Really, it’s true. When you see the really crazy projects that we get on Flip or Flop, you probably think something like, “Tarek and Christina must be nuts to take that on!” Then, by the end of the episode, you see this amazing transformation from a real ugly duckling to a beauti

5 Reasons Your Real Estate Marketing Isn’t Working

Wed Jun 12 2019

If you want to be successful at house flipping, you have to learn a little about marketing – specifically about real estate marketing. To flip properties you have to find them and remodel them, but finding and remodeling homes is just the beginning of the process.

5 Tips to Make a Husband and Wife Real Estate Team Work

Wed Jun 12 2019

If you’ve watched Flip or Flop, you can see that Tarek and I have come a long way even since the beginning of our first season. We’ve learned a whole lot about flipping houses and working as a husband and wife team along the way. We’ve had a lot of great experiences, and we’ve had a few not-so-great

5 Ways to Get More People to Come to your Open House

Wed Jun 12 2019

Picture this: you get a great deal on a property, put tons of time and money into renovating it, and then you schedule an open house. Except… no one shows up. Doesn’t sound too fun, does it? Save yourself from pacing around an empty home by following these 5 strategies:

8 Simple Ways to Improve Any Home’s Curb Appeal

Wed Jun 12 2019

Every successful house flipper knows just how important curb appeal is. When your house looks beautiful on the outside, people will be curious to see what’s on the inside. When it looks boring or rundown, people aren’t going to even give you a chance. But how can you improve curb without spending th

As a Real Estate Investor, Should I Get My Real Estate License?

Wed Jun 12 2019

You already know that Tarek and I are licensed real estate agents; that’s how we got into house flipping and how we made money for our family even back in 2008 when the housing bubble had just burst. Seeing what we do with our flips and how we work, a lot of new real estate investors wonder whether

Christina’s Design Tips for Rehabbing Kitchens

Wed Jun 12 2019

What’s the first thing I always look at when we get inside a new house flip? If you’ve seen even one episode of Flip or Flop, you know it’s the kitchen. Kitchens really sell houses. Creating a modern, attractive space where people can cook, eat, and hang out together will always increase th

Do I Need a Business License to Begin Flipping Houses?

Wed Jun 12 2019

A lot of new house flippers tend to be confused about business licenses, but for good reason. The world of business can be overwhelming, especially when you aren’t sure what direction you are supposed to be going in.

Do You Need A Lot of Money to Flip Houses?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Real estate funding is a big concern with house flippers. Christina and I are always asked by our Success Path students whether they need a lot of money to start flipping or even how they can find money. After all, most people don’t have $200,000 or more lying around in liquid assets that they can s

Do You Want to Sell Your Flip Faster? Try This One Easy Thing!

Wed Jun 12 2019

Want to know the best way to flip a house? The secret to getting the best and fastest results as you find and flip houses isn’t complicated at all, and it’s not expensive, either. In fact, it’s really simple and really cheap!

Does Real Estate Elevated Offer Any Resources for People Interested in Learning More About Flipping Houses?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Real Estate Elevated was designed to teach people how to become successful real estate investors, and was developed in conjunction with real estate investors and television reality stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa. Students who attend the seminars will learn the El Moussa’s real estate investment

Habitat for Humanity: Isiah and Matilda Davis

Wed Jun 12 2019

Isiah and Matilda Davis have lived in their home in Houston’s Fifth Ward for many years and even raised all 8 of their children there. Mr. Davis used to enjoy working on his home, but due to his pending Alzheimer diagnosis, he would often start projects and then be unable to finish them. Mrs. Davis

Habitat for Humanity: Olivia Davis-Benjamin

Wed Jun 12 2019

4706 Farmer Street, Houston, Texas Olivia Davis-Benjamin has lived in her home in the Fifth Ward of Houston since the 1970’s. Having lived in this neighborhood since she was two-years old, she raised her five children here and could not imagine living elsewhere. Now a retired widow, she is blind and

How Did Tarek and Christina Learn the Insider Real Estate Secrets That Your Course Teaches?

Wed Jun 12 2019

In 2008, when the housing market crashed, Christina and I decided we needed to make a change in our lifestyle. At the time we were working as licensed real estate agents, but that simply wasn’t cutting it for us anymore. With our real estate backgrounds, we decided to take the house flipping route.

How Do I Determine the After Repair Value (ARV) of a Home?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Christina and I have had a lot of laughs about some of our repair estimates on the properties we’ve flipped. No matter how closely we look at a flip house, it seems like we always miss some major issues that need to be taken care of before we flip a house. I feel like this is somethin

How Much Risk is Involved in the Business of Flipping Houses?

Wed Jun 12 2019

THE BUSINESS OF FLIPPING HOUSES

How Much Time Will I Need to Dedicate to House Flipping in Order to Succeed?

Wed Jun 12 2019

This is a question that I could answer in one of two ways. Basically, when you’re flipping a house you can contribute as much or as little time as you’d like, but if you truly want to be successful you’re going to need to put in more than just a couple of hours a day

How Often Do Flips Turn Into Flops?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Often as a house flipper, it’s easy to get caught up into thinking that any old house will be able to return a good profit, but this isn’t true for every house. While house flipping can be a profitable business and can provide a steady source of income, many flip deals can end up turning into flops

How to Avoid Over-Rehabbing a Property

Wed Jun 12 2019

We’ve seen some real adventures in flipping houses over the years. From chickens running around in the yard to black mold in the bathroom and everything in between. One of the properties that really sticks out in my head as one of our biggest mistakes, though, was a house that we went way overboard

How to Become a Wholesaler’s Top Buyer

Wed Jun 12 2019

When it comes to generating leads, it pays to be friends with at least a couple of wholesalers. Wholesalers will buy contracts on flip houses and sell them to real estate investors. Basically, I look at wholesaling like a service to generate leads on

How to Flip Houses with No Money Down – Is It Possible?

Wed Jun 12 2019

A lot of people ask me how Tarek and I got the funding to flip our first house, back when we first started in the business. People think we saved up a bunch of money or that we had some magic trick up our sleeves, but that’s just not the case. So, let’s talk about how to flip houses with no money do

How to Flip Houses with No Money Down – Is It Possible?

Wed Jun 12 2019

I have had many people ask me over the years about the best ways to find funding as a new flipper. People often get into the mindset that you must have a chunk of money saved up to get started, but that’s certainly not the case. It’s actually possible to flip houses with no money down.

How to Invest in Real Estate When Your Credit Isn’t Stellar

Wed Jun 12 2019

Over the past decade, throughout the United States, many people have struggled to keep their jobs and their houses. Whether you’re a student just out of college or you’ve had financial problems due to unemployment or underemployment, you may have flinched when you saw your credit score.

How to Look More Experienced in Real Estate Investing

Wed Jun 12 2019

When you’re just getting into real estate investing, it’s really easy to get intimidated, especially when you see other investors who have a lot more experience than you. As you see them (online or in person), you might think, “How am I ever going to beat them out of a deal?”

How to Pick the Best Contractor for Your Next Flip, Foreclosure, or Rental Property

Wed Jun 12 2019

Whether you want to see a return on your real estate investment by flipping or as a landlord, if you’re buying a flip or REO foreclosure property, you’re going to have to do some rehab. These properties and rentals almost always require work, and for the majority of them, that work is going to be ex

How to Pick the Best Contractor for Your Next House Flip

Wed Jun 12 2019

If you want to actually see a return on your investment with your next house flip, you’re going to have to do some rehab work. Fixer uppers always require work, and for the majority of them, that work is going to be extensive. In other words, if you’re looking for the best way to flip a house, you’r

How to Start a House Flipping Business Without Breaking the Bank

Wed Jun 12 2019

Christina and I laugh at each other a lot because we go back and forth on the money we spend. I tend to underestimate how much our flips will cost to rehab, but then she wants to go buy a claw-foot tub for a flip that’s already over budget. Fortunately, we balance each other out, and we’ve been doin

How to Start a House Flipping Business

Wed Jun 12 2019

Over the past few years, a lot of people have asked me how to start a house flipping business. After all, you probably already know that Christina and I started flipping houses after the housing bubble burst in one of the worst real estate markets in history.

How to Wholesale a House Successfully (Tarek’s Favorite)

Wed Jun 12 2019

There are a lot of different ways to wholesale a house. In fact, it’s one of my favorite strategies for new real estate investors who want to get into flipping houses.

How Yoga Made Me a Better House Flipper

Wed Jun 12 2019

It’s no secret that I love yoga. When I’m not designing our latest flip houses or doing stuff with my kids, I find at least a little bit of time every day to practice yoga.

Is House Flipping Legal?

Wed Jun 12 2019

House flipping is a perfectly legal way to make some additional income, if done correctly that is. Many people who are unfamiliar with house flipping tend to think that it is an illegal “get rich quick” scheme to take advantage of other people, but they are simply unaware of the legal flipping metho

Is It Really Possible to Start Flipping Houses with No Experience?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Many people get caught up in the mindset that they have to have experience in real estate before they can start flipping houses. While previous experience is always helpful, no matter what field you are pursuing, house flipping is one thing that you don’t have to have a background in. Like many care

Is Wallpaper Ever a Good Idea in Flip Houses?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Tarek and I go back and forth about wallpaper for our flip houses. I love the texture that a subtle wallpaper can add, but I can’t argue with the fact that painting is usually faster and easier. Plus, wallpaper trends come and go. At the same time, especially in the bathroom, if I’m going for a part

Real Estate Elevated Coaching Department Tours Huntsman Facilities

Wed Jun 12 2019

June 30, 2017 – Real Estate Elevated’s Coaching Department (as well as a few other employees) recently toured the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hospital (HCI). Real Estate Elevated has been fortunate to partner with HCI, one of the leading cancer institutes in the world, since the s

Real Estate Elevated Partners with The Road Home to Prepare Sack Lunches for Kids in Need

Wed Jun 12 2019

February 15, 2017 – Real Estate Elevated recently partnered with The Road Home, a private non-profit social services agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Fron

Real Estate Elevated Reviews: A Habitat For Humanity Project

Wed Jun 12 2019

Habitat for Humanity – 601 E 39th Street, Houston, Texas

Six Helpful Steps to Know About Real Estate Investing

Wed Jun 12 2019

When I look for a fixer-upper to flip, I basically go through the same thought process that anyone goes through when they buy an investment property. Believe it or not, even though I usually work on a shorter timeline than most homeowners, the journey is essentially the same.

Snapchat – Waste of Time or Helpful Marketing Tool?

Wed Jun 12 2019

I’m not going to lie-when I first heard of Snapchat, I laughed at the whole idea. It seemed like it was just a silly fad that would go away in a few months. It’s just another way to text pictures to your friends, but the pictures disappear, so I really couldn’t see any professional

Tarek El Moussa, Real Estate Elevated Students Work with Houston Habitat for Humanity

Wed Jun 12 2019

On November 3-4, 2017, Tarek El Moussa, along with a group of Real Estate Elevated students, worked on rebuilding the home of Zipporah Smith, which was flooded with 2-feet of water by Hurricane Harvey in August.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective House Flippers

Wed Jun 12 2019

If you’re new to real estate investing and you want to learn how to flip houses, you might think you have a long way to go. You might even think that it’ll be months if not years before you’re ready to start flipping. Well, stop right there. Believe it or not, Christina and I didn’t know everything

The Secret to Flipping Multiple Houses at Once

Wed Jun 12 2019

If you’ve only watched a few episodes of Flip or Flop, you might be wondering how we find one flip house after another so fast. To be honest, we don’t. New real estate investors often think that you have to work on one project at a time so that you can see it through properly, from be

What are Some of the Biggest Mistakes That People Make When They First Start Flipping Houses?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Believe it or not, Tarek and I started flipping houses with very little experience in investing. We were real estate agents for many years, so we thought we knew the real estate world — including investing — backward and forward. Little did we know, there was a lot we needed to learn to become succe

What Can I Learn From a Real Estate Elevated Event?

Wed Jun 12 2019

In April 2014, Tarek and Christina El Moussa developed Real Estate Elevated. The real estate education investment program was created to teach students the El Moussa’s successful investment methodologies and systems. Real Estate Elevated is one of the most in-depth and comprehensive training program

What Can Playing Monopoly Teach You about Real Estate Investing?

Wed Jun 12 2019

The other day, I was going through some of our kids’ toys, thinking about what they’ve outgrown and what they’ll be growing into next. They’re not quite ready for it yet, but I’m really looking forward to having family board game nights as they get older. Playing Monopoly, Clue, Life, and other game

What is the Best Way to Research the Housing Market in my Area?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Every successful house flipper knows that they should constantly be on the lookout for new properties to flip. After all, flipping houses is how they make their money! But, even though finding properties may sound pretty straightforward, there’s more to it than just looking for a cheap deal. Christi

What is the Best Way to Start Building a Real Estate Network?

Wed Jun 12 2019

As you probably already know, the real estate business is all about reputation and relationships. As you’ve started to grow your real estate investing business, you’ve created and built relationships with real estate agents, contractors, wholesalers, and others in the real estate investing industry.

What is the Difference Between Wholesaling and House Flipping?

Wed Jun 12 2019

A lot of people will tell you that you can dip your toes into real estate investing by starting out as a wholesaler. And, when you first look into it, it seems like a good idea. It’s a lot like flipping houses, but instead of doing all the rehab work and taking all the time to get the house in great

What to Do When You Find Asbestos in a Flip

Wed Jun 12 2019

When you watch Flip or Flop, you see us deal with a lot of really gross and potentially dangerous issues with our flip houses. On one episode, we had a bathroom filled with black mold, and we had to evacuate the house and let the mold guys seal it off to get rid of the mold before anyone co

What Types of Courses Does Real Estate Elevated Offer?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Real Estate Elevated is the premier real estate education investment program developed to teach students the methodologies that Tarek and Christina El Moussa have used for the success of their own investing business. Utilizing the El Moussa’s own real estate investment strategy, the Real Estate Elev

Why Should I Take the Real Estate Elevated Workshop?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Real Estate Elevated is the premier real estate education investment program developed in conjunction with real estate investors and television reality stars Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead. Using their own real estate investment methodologies and systems, the Real Estate Elevated Program is o

Why You Should Think About High-End House Flips

Wed Jun 12 2019

When people think of flipping houses, they usually think about foreclosures and short sales. They also have a stereotype in their heads about the kinds of people who get foreclosed on and the kinds of properties they own. As a result, they completely miss an amazing market for flip houses that can r

Will I Need to Quit My Job in Order to Begin Flipping Houses?

Wed Jun 12 2019

Investing in real estate when you have a full-time job may sound like quite the feat by itself, but top that off with family, friends and hobbies and you may be wondering how balancing everything is even possible without pulling your hair out. Tarek and I were full-time real estate agents before we

Your Closing Table Checklist for House Flipping

Wed Jun 12 2019

When ever I fix and flip an investment property, I always go by a closing table checklist. By mentally (or physically) checking every thing I need to do before closing and everything I need to bring with me, I can ensure that I’m not going to get there unprepared and potentially lose a really